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Justine: My match against Serena took me a lot of energy

This is what Juju told in Toronto about her defeat in Wimbledon, seems that Serena means a lot to her...
Q. Since you've been here, you've been asked a lot of questions about your last competitive match which was the semifinal at Wimbledon. You said you'd try to take that as a learning experience. Now that you've had a chance to reflect on it for like a month, what exactly did you learn from it?
JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I just took a few days to think about that, and now that's from the past. I just want to move forward and look at this tournament and be focused on the future.
But you know sometimes you just have to accept that you have moments of weakness, that's it. Physically, mentally, that emotionally it's a little bit too much.
I thought my match against Serena was one of the most emotional match of my career, because it was the first time I did beat her on another surface than mine on the clay. So it's been very emotional. It took me a lot of energy.
Yeah, I think that there was a better player in front of me, and sometimes you have to accept that. That you're not at your best, and the other one can compete, the other one can win. And you need a lot of humility to accept this kind of situation. That's very important. That's what I try to do right after Wimbledon. And even if it's painful a little bit for a few days, you learn a lot of things about yourself, too.

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She cares sooo much more about Serena than Serena doe sher, whether that benefits her or hinders her I'm not sure, in the long run though the truth is that Serena will look at the match and say I was injured badly otherwise I would have won, probably in 2, Ju however looks at it as a titanic victory.

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To be honest I don't think Justine is up late a night thinking about Serena. If anything as a Serena supporter I appreciate Juju's honesty. Serena's not the type to let things out that show any signs of weekness. That's why Serena's not likely to say similar type things about Justine as well. Although I think Serena trully favors her chances in any matchup against Juju on any surface, she also knows she has to be playing a high level against someone like Justine. So I don't think it's accurate to suggest Serena isn't thinking about Justine or isn't concerned when she see her in the draw. I think the both welcome the challenge and both get butterflies facing one another. It's probably more emotional than physical for both players.

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Henin has such a low self-esteem!!

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I think it's "refreshing" about Justine.
she's one of the few topplayers who often talks about her insecurities. I know some people find that annoying. I don't. Probably because I know how it is to be good at something, but still feel insecure about it. it's a caracter trait you can't change.
I'm not surprised she titles her match against Serena as emotionnaly tough. Why is that so strange? If this board is somewhat of a barometer of "the buzz" in tennis world, than that Wimbledon match (and any other serena-Justine) is bound to be intense/nervewrecking/energy sapping. It goes for fans, but also for players.

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She cares sooo much more about Serena than Serena doe sher, whether that benefits her or hinders her I'm not sure, in the long run though the truth is that Serena will look at the match and say I was injured badly otherwise I would have won, probably in 2, Ju however looks at it as a titanic victory.

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But yeah, the match probably did take it out of her emotionally so much. She really did want the win so badly.
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I think that even if Justine beat Serena 6-1 6-1 she would have still lost to Marion. Justine gets flustered at Wimbledon. It happened in 2005 when she lost first round as a favorite. Her golden moment was supposed to be against mentally weak Mauresmo so she could win the career slam, but managed to lose. And then in the third set against Bartoli she realized how close she was yet again to winning Wimbledon. Serena didn't take a lot out of her, the Wimbledon pressure did.
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She cares sooo much more about Serena than Serena doe sher, whether that benefits her or hinders her I'm not sure, in the long run though the truth is that Serena will look at the match and say I was injured badly otherwise I would have won, probably in 2, Ju however looks at it as a titanic victory.
Yeah exactly. And Serena will continue to be ranked outside of the top 4 and fail to penetrate any of the last three slams of the year, while Justine will continue to be a major force, worrying about Serena, while Serena deludes herself that she's Queen.

So, objectively, I think Justine's attitude is doing her just fine. Serena, 10lbs overweight and nowhere near as agile as she once was, might want to look at hers. Or she might not, just as she didn't in either of the last two years when she won a total of one slam.

No person in their right mind doubts that Serena at her highest level is the pinnacle of the sport. But how often does she produce? Serena can talk the talk, but walking the walk does not just mean red carpets.
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To be honest I don't think Justine is up late a night thinking about Serena. If anything as a Serena supporter I appreciate Juju's honesty. Serena's not the type to let things out that show any signs of weekness. That's why Serena's not likely to say similar type things about Justine as well. Although I think Serena trully favors her chances in any matchup against Juju on any surface, she also knows she has to be playing a high level against someone like Justine. So I don't think it's accurate to suggest Serena isn't thinking about Justine or isn't concerned when she see her in the draw. I think the both welcome the challenge and both get butterflies facing one another. It's probably more emotional than physical for both players.
i think they both her a healthy respect for one another's games.

plus, there is stuff between them and that is brought onto the court. i don't care what anybody says. i think on some level, they both feel they have something to prove. especially henin.
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To be honest I don't think Justine is up late a night thinking about Serena. If anything as a Serena supporter I appreciate Juju's honesty. Serena's not the type to let things out that show any signs of weekness. That's why Serena's not likely to say similar type things about Justine as well. Although I think Serena trully favors her chances in any matchup against Juju on any surface, she also knows she has to be playing a high level against someone like Justine. So I don't think it's accurate to suggest Serena isn't thinking about Justine or isn't concerned when she see her in the draw. I think the both welcome the challenge and both get butterflies facing one another. It's probably more emotional than physical for both players.
Her quote suggests otherwise.

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You can only like her honesty
if she'd only bring that to the court.
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